Saint Xavier University Mary's Circle

Psychology Faculty

Angela PirlottAngela Pirlott

Assistant Professor


Areas of Specialization

Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination; Human Mating Behaviors


Dr. Pirlott is a social psychologist who earned her B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from Marquette University in 2005; her M.A. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University in 2008; and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University in 2012. She then joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire in 2012 through 2015 as an assistant professor before joining the Psychology Department at Saint Xavier University in 2015 as an assistant professor.

Dr. Pirlott's research employs an affordance management perspective to human cognition and behavior, which suggests that people think about and respond to those around them in ways intended to better manage the potential opportunities (e.g., for friendship or romance) and threats (e.g., to mating opportunities or sexual autonomy) these others afford. She developed a program of research applying this perspective to two substantive areas of research--intergroup relations, prejudice, and stereotyping, and human mating.

Conscientious, hardworking and positive-minded students who have taken statistics and research methods that are interested in conducting research with Dr. Pirlott are invited to email her at for more information. Research assistants are expected to commit to at least two semesters conducting research with Dr. Pirlott and will have the opportunity to present their research at a psychology research conference.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Pirlott, A. G., *Rusten, M. L., & *Butterfuss, R. M. (2016). Perceptions of threats to physical safety, sexual autonomy, values, and of discrimination drive LGBT prejudices toward heterosexuals. Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(9) 1147-1163. doi: 10.1177/0146167216651854

Pirlott, A. G., & MacKinnon, D. P. (2016). Design approaches to experimental mediation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology: Special Issues on Rigorous and Replicable Methods, 66, 29-38. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.09.012

MacKinnon, D. P. & Pirlott, A. G. (2015). Statistical approaches for enhancing causal interpretation of the M to Y relation in mediation analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 19(1), 30-43. doi: 10.1177/1088868314542878

Pirlott, A. G., & Neuberg, S. L. (2014). Sexual prejudice: Avoiding unwanted sexual interest? Social Psychological & Personality Science, 5(1), 92-101. doi: 10.1177/1948550613486674